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Why MS doesn't offer the keyboard for SP3 & 4 ?

Stephan

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The idea of a keyboard with a GPU inside is great !!! But why MS doesn't offer it for the Surface Pro 3 and 4 ? It will be great to add more graphic power to our Surface with just a new keyboard !

Do you think they will offer this but not now (later next year) ?
 

hughlle

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The sp4 does not have connections available for that kind of docking. it would just end up being like a crappy Asus thing.

They have invested a lot of money into the book, so why would they the go and threaten its sales by giving people the perfect reason not to buy it.
 
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Stephan

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The sp4 does not have connections available for that kind of docking. it would just end up being like a crappy Asus thing.

They have invested a lot of money into the book, so why would they the go and threaten its sales by giving people the perfect reason not to buy it.
Ok I understand. So why didn't they offer a type cover keyboard too for the surface book ? So we can have the choice to transport 3 lbs or 1 lbs.

sorry but I find the surface book intersting but too heavy. I would like to have the choice to transport it with a lighter keyboard.
don't you ?
 

GreyFox7

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Ok I understand. So why didn't they offer a type cover keyboard too for the surface book ? So we can have the choice to transport 3 lbs or 1 lbs.

sorry but I find the surface book intersting but too heavy. I would like to have the choice to transport it with a lighter keyboard.
don't you ?
Maybe they will do that on the SB2 :)
For now the way the two connect and the actual interfaces are vastly different, too different to accommodate both.

What you could do with a Type Cover if you can find one is use the Old Bluetooth adapter for the Type Cover and connect it wirelessly via Bluetooth.
 

CrippsCorner

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They need to differentiate their products though. At the end of the day the Book isn't that much bigger is it...

Just a shame it's missing the kickstand. Means I couldn't personally use it, as when I'm DJing I use the tablet standing up on it's own without a keyboard (space doesn't allow for it with my controller attached)
 

Dim-Ize

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I think the locking mechanism in the tablet of the Surface Book is bigger than we think. It occupies valuable real-estate that is present in the SP4. The SP4 has a larger battery, video port, USB, and SSD slot inside than the tablet portion of the SB. I suppose it may also have a different processor which needs cooling.

All in all, I think you're right on with the desired state as I too would buy a SP4 with a SB base. But the required connectors aren't possible in the current models.
 

Dim-Ize

Active Member
It isn't intended to be a tablet as much as it's supposed to be a clipboard. ;)
You're right. You're right. The SB is a laptop first. The SP4 is a tablet first.

But, every clipboard I've ever seen has a hinge and a spring. I just wish the SB in clipboard mode had a freakin' stand!
 

surfdock

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Just a shame it's missing the kickstand. Means I couldn't personally use it, as when I'm DJing I use the tablet standing up on it's own without a keyboard (space doesn't allow for it with my controller attached)
Kayzee, I heard similar sentiments a few times in the last 24 hours. If you had the Surface Book keyboard/dock flipped around back and open in an inverted V like the Lenovo Yoga, would that work for your scenario or does that take up a lot more space than the flipstand? Can you post a pic of your DJ rig?

 

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